If one thing is clear, is that Rockstar’s GTA series is one of the most loved and best-selling of all time. So it makes sense that plenty of games have tried to imitate the great open-world gameplay and criminal underworld themes seen in Rockstar’s revolutionary Grand Theft Auto III game, even if most GTA clones actually were not that great.
Some games, though, actually got the formula right and even managed to improve on the Rockstar classics, delivering a great experience all-round. So without further ado, here follows a list of the top 5 GTA clones made to date.
5. Scarface: The World Is Yours
There is no doubt that Scarface is one of the top movies about the criminal underworld ever made, and obviously the right movie to base a GTA clone on. Actually, Rockstar’s superb GTA: Vice City clearly took a tip or two from the Al Pacino movie, and this video game adaptation of the 80’s classic was a pretty good game in its own right too.
Scarface: The World is Yours did not recreate the movie’s plot, it rather altered the ending so that Al Pacino’ character Tony Montana survived the firefight in the mansion and got on with a life of crime. Actor Al Pacino actually lent his likeness to the game, although not his voice, but Tony Montana still looked and sounded like in the film. But still, the game was a blast to play as it featured great open-world gameplay, and a “Ball meter” that would fill up during gameplay and make Tony invulnerable for a short while, making for some truly exhilarating shootouts in what surely was a top-notch movie licensed game and GTA clone.